On the Edge

On the Edge

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"Sabine is the most mercurial woman Peter Thorpe has ever known. Such is his desire for her that he overturns his whole life--his disillusioned merchant-banker's life--and leaves everything behind, not caring that his lover is of no fixed address, nor that his search for her will take him to the beating heart of New Ageism in northern California. Each of his fellow seekers is in hot pursuit of that elusive something (happiness?), and in their eccentric company Peter stumbles across vistas he had never before dared to imagine... - Edward St. Aubyn is widely considered one of our finest living novelists, with enthusiastic fans including Zadie Smith, Alan Hollinghurst, Alice Sebold, Maria Semple, Bret Easton Ellis, Ann Patchett and many more... - Highly praised in the U.K., On the Edge will be publishing for the first time in America"--
Publisher: New York : Picador/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014, ©1998.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250046017
Characteristics: 260 pages ;,21 cm

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csut2
Mar 21, 2015

chronical acrobatic and sly send-up of California New Age types

wsj Nov. 16,2014

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marsiamarsia
Feb 05, 2015

Readers who are annoyed by a novel full of "flaky characters" should not bother to read books by the brilliant Edward St. Aubyn. Annoying characters are the usual hallmarks of what's known in literature as SATIRE. But for any reader who has known real people who are (or were) "into" New Age self-help, it's clear that flaky-ness is the name of the game.

St. Aubyn's understated yet pungent spoof of California's improvement seminars and the people who attend them would be an insult to the home of Hollywood if the satire weren't so recognizably true. In fact, the author seems to know that world so intimately that this reader (and fan) can't help thinking he must have attended more than one workshop at Esalen Institute.

Peter, the protagonist, is an Englishman, like his author, and a skeptic who learns a thing or two about his own humanity and spirituality, despite his skirt-chasing ulterior motives––a serious surprise for Peter and all of us satire-loving readers.

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ninigirl
Feb 03, 2015

It's OK... A little on the annoying side with all the flaky characters.

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